Merry Christmas nerds— hope you had a good one!
(Originally posted by KenKen on Facebook)
Personally, I think this seemingly peripheral, slightly silly comment sparked what ended up with kind of a profound statement on life (transcript below)
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Why I love character actors: Austin Pendleton both dungeon-wedding serial rapist & genius physicist based on Stephen Hawking on #LawAndOrder
I’m pretty sure Stephen Hawking isn’t a dungeon-wedding serial rapist.
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In an SVU ep on the former, Criminal Intent ep on the latter.
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I’ve watched so much of all flavors of Law and Order that this kind of thing happens all the time– same characters in different episodes across all flavors of the show as defendants, family members of defendants, defense attorneys, witnesses, random New Yorkers, victims, prosecutors, even cops and jury members.
It can be kind of a mind fuck, but also sort of a profoud statement on how, but for the grace of (insert deity, force of nature, or completely random good or bad luck of your choice here), any one of those people could be you/me.
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After thinking about it a bit, I thought that was oddly deep. Unless you object, I think I’m going to publish this thread on my blog.
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My new favorite entertainment item/obsession is the British comedy quiz show “QI” (short for “Quite Interesting”). I won’t get into a detailed explanation of the format and rules, but briefly: host Stephen Fry asks his panel of four “contestants” questions on a variety of topics. Since the questions are usually very obscure, almost no one is expected to actually know the answers. Instead, the show and its appeal are more about the resulting, “quite interesting” and usually funny, often hilarious commentary and banter among the participants– especially since the guests are, by and large, comedians. And finally, I refer to the guests as “contestants” because, although points are awarded and deducted, the point system is, for the most part, seemingly arbitrary and irrelevant, much like that of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?“, another one of my favorite shows. For more complete and detailed info on the show, just check out the Wikipedia article.
The show is a rather good example of the value in focusing on or enjoying the journey, not the destination. Interesting facts plus comedy– the perfect combination for me!* The show is a lot like many of my conversations except that, instead of among my friends and me, it’s among professional comedians, actors, etc. (and almost everything is in some kind of British accent). And luckily, even though (and because) I’m coming extremely late to the game, there are many years worth of series/episodes for me to watch and enjoy since the show has been running since 2003**. Of course, this is only thanks to YouTube since “QI” doesn’t air in the States– though there is a petition to get BBC America to broadcast the show to US viewers. If you’re a fan of the show, I encourage you to sign it– this tactic has already succeeded at least once when fans submitted a petition to get the first series released on DVD.
In any case, to the primary point of this post: Semantics and specifically a clip from Series A, Episode 4. Here’s a great example of one of the show’s many spontaneous, witty and amusing moments– in this case, a delightful bit of wordplay between host Stephen Fry and comedian Jeremy Hardy (jump to the 6:55 mark in the video):
… I refute that with every fiber of my being. The actual answer is–
No, you can’t refute it– that’s bad grammar, that, Stephen. To refute, you have to provide evidence. You mean “rebut”.
No, I mean “repudiate”.
(during applause/laugh break)
Very good point.
If you weren’t showing off, you could have said “reject”.
Yes, indeed. You’re absolutely right. Though it’s not bad grammar, is it? It’s just bad semantics.
And since we’re on the topic of language, here’s a hilarious clip on spelling (spoiler alert: “i before e except after c” is wrong):
I have a general policy of only friending people on Facebook that I actually a) have met in real life and b) know to some extent (not just met in passing once– unless you’re really awesome). Despite those requirements, some people have managed to slip through– sadly, I’ve accepted or even made friend requests for some people that years later, I can barely remember how I knew them in the first place. Or perhaps even worse, I’ve friended people from high school only to have to go back and look them up in my old yearbooks because I can’t remember much about them or, after seeing some posts, realize they’re not who I thought they were. I know– it kind of makes me a horrible classmate, acquaintance, friend, maybe even person (hopefully only a little bit).
On the bright side though, this has given me the opportunity to look through my old high school yearbooks and aside from the great photos, quotes and other random content, the notes people wrote when they signed my yearbook are, more often than not, quite lengthy and, more importantly, still pretty entertaining. So, aside from numerous mentions of Stanford and then-future classmate Chelsea Clinton, here are some of the best selections (slightly edited) from my unfortunately-themed (“Windows”) high school yearbook from 1997, my senior year. I’ll leave them anonymous to protect the innocent, goofy teens of our past (unless you want to be attributed, though I wonder if you can recognize your own):
Interesting intellectual and political commentary:
Optimistic view of my future:
And the usual, but still touching and much-appreciated messages on friendship and best wishes:
I might follow up with more from earlier yearbooks, but in the meantime and in all seriousness, thanks to everyone who wrote such nice things way back then. Hope everyone is doing well!
Despite my recent run-in with the YouTube copyright police, I decided to post this Kids in the Hall sketch, entitled “Womyn”. I wasn’t worried about the copyright issue (although I did get a different kind of copyright message) since the most popular video on my YouTube channel is “God is Dead”, another KITH sketch, that I posted back in 2005. Instead of filing DMCA complaints against fans, KITH has thanked fans for uploading their favorite clips in the past, I myself receiving a thank you message.
So, here it is– KITH genius all the way back from season 1 (1989-1990), episode 2, “Womyn”:
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There are actually a number of copies of this sketch on YouTube, one of which happens to be a seemingly more “official” one on the Nerdist channel (from Chris Hardwick) as it includes an interview with “Kids” Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney (on a somewhat unrelated, but still amusing topic). Jump to 5:00 to skip ahead to the interview:
Excellent (as usual) Daily Show segment on the NPR/Juan Williams firing. I already tweeted the hilarious part on DC’s city design/architecture (do you know how to navigate a roundabout?), especially re: all of the columns on the buildings– “… simultaneously magnificent and useless… like they designed the whole thing as a metaphor.” But the best part is discussion between Team Black and Team Muslim, having fun by playing on the irrational fear of Blacks and Muslims, culminating with Aasif Mandvi’s response to the accusation that their behavior only feeds into things:
“If they’re not gonna make a distinction between Muslims and violent extremists, then why should I take the time to distinguish between decent, fearful white people and racists?”
I finally tried The Bay Fish & Chips last week and it has that greasy spoon with great food feeling. Aside from pleasantly big, deep-fried pieces of fish, they also offer shrimp, calamari, scallops, etc. And aside from classic chips, they also have deep-fried mushrooms, zucchini, artichoke, onion rings, etc.
What’s twisted, though? The fish tank with two giant goldfish swimming around, sitting right there, up on the counter, with a good view to where they cook the fish.
I love Twilight (really, almost to an unhealthy degree…) and think Robert Pattinson is great– loved him first as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. More recently, check him out in Little Ashes and How to Be to appreciate him fully as an actor, not just ridiculously good-looking, brooding, “good” vampire Edward Cullen.
Having said that, I love Jimmy Fallon too and these spots he does are hilarious. Here’s the one on Snickers Ads:
Check out more at Robert is Bothered.
A friend sent this to me and I just had to pass it on. Like Cindy says, it’s “so freakin’ awesome!”
Music video for Duece Poppi’s “My White Friends”:
Noticed this in the basement of Dinkelspiel Auditorium (or Dink Meeker Auditorium, as I like to call it). Ha ha, very funny. Those crazy Stanford kids.